The governing verb in this passage is Ἐνδύσασθε – “put on” as in “get dressed”. This is an invitation to be clothed in the qualities of God’s chosen people. The instruction is to wear the garments of “compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience... forgiveness... love ... peace”.
Today is being celebrated as “Mandela day”. It is the birthday of Nelson Mandela , a great South African leader who “clothed” himself with the personal moral qualities of Grace necessary to lead our nation. Today we are challenged to do the same. May God grant us all the grace to be clothed with the qualities that enrich our life together.
Ordinary 16 / Pentecost +938 Patience
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 237.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.